LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that he will delay any executive action in regards to immigration reform until after the November elections.
Obama told Americans in June he would take executive action toward immigration reform before the end of summer. His announcement to delay a decision on immigration took many by surprise.
Immigration attorney, Jose Gonzalez, at Haglund Law Firm in Lufkin, said the change in plans won't have a positive or negative effect on East Texas immigrants.
"I don't anticipate any revocation of benefits that they would receive or anything of that nature," Gonzalez said.
Many speculate that Obama's decision was a political move to protect democratic candidates in the upcoming election.
Obama denied those claims and says he delayed any action because the influx of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the issue.
Gonzalez said it's a wise decision, considering what the upcoming elections might do to the administration.
"I think he is also giving some consideration to the fact that there may be a change in the administration that might put a lot of people in a position to be hurt," Gonzalez said.
Obama's original plan was to use executive action to expand deferred deportation programs, which would allow an easier path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Gonzalez said the president's plan would have a positive effect on illegal immigrants in East Texas, since one of the many issues they face is the legal ability to work.
"I do think it would benefit East Texans locally. It would allow those people to continue to work legally, to drive legally and receive social security cards," Gonzalez said.
The White House said the president will take action on immigration reform before the end of the year.